1st Edition

Labour Law and the Gig Economy Challenges posed by the digitalisation of labour processes

Edited By Jo Carby-Hall, Lourdes Mella Méndez Copyright 2020
    278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This international book analyses the impact of digitisation in labour markets, on labour relationships and also on labour processes.

    The rapid progress of modern disruptive technologies and AIs and their multiple applications to each phase of the labour production system, are changing the production rules on a global scale with significant impacts in every aspect of work. As new technologies transform work patterns and change the type of jobs available - destroying some while creating others - and even the nature of the tasks performed, numerous legal problems arise which are challenging to legislators and legal scholars who need to find appropriate solutions to them. Considering the labour law issues which have been created by technological developments and currently affect the work of millions worldwide, this book highlights the full scope of these issues, suggesting solutions to emerging problems and ways to mitigate the risks brought about through technological advancement.

    Approaching the present debate with perspectives on legal problems with expertise from a wide range of different countries, this book presents informed and scholarly studies which answer the challenges that new technologies present in labour markets, private lives and labour processes.

    List of Contributors

    Foreword by Professor The Lord Norton of Louth. University of Hull/House of Lords

    An introduction about the challenges posed by digitalisation of labour markets by Lourdes Mella Méndez. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

    Part one. The impact of new technologies in the labour market

    Chapter 1. The Taylor Review 2017-A Critical Appreciation on a Selection of its Legal Content

    Jo Carby-Hall. University of Hull (United Kingdom)

    Chapter 2. The 4th Industrial Revolution and its Impact on the Individual Employment Relationship: General Considerations and the Regulatory Context in Russia

    Daria Chernyaeva. Higher School of Economics Moscow (Russia)

    Chapter 3. Digitalisation vis-à-vis the Indian Labour Market: Pros and Cons

    Durgambini A. Patel. Savitribai Phule Pune University (India)

    Chapter 4. The Impact of New Technologies in the Current Labour Market of Selected Arab States

    Alaa Eltamimi. Mansoura University (Egypt)

    Chapter 5. Impacts of Social Networks in the Employment Environment. – From the Traditional Subjects to the Particular Case of Employment Non-Compete Clauses

    Duarte Abrunhosa e Sousa. University of Porto (Portugal)

    Chapter 6. Rebalancing Worker Rights and Property Rights in Digitalised Work

    Julia Tomassetti. USA/City University of Hong Kong, School of Law (China)

    Part two. The impact of new technologies in the employees’ private life

    Chapter 7. Technological Innovation and its Impact on the Employment Contract: Special Reference to the Video Surveillance and the Intervention of Private Detectives

    María Carmen López Aniorte, Francisco Miguel Ortiz González-Conde, Antonio Megías-Bas. University of Murcia (Spain)

    Chapter 8. New Technologies and the Employee’s Right to Privacy

    Arthur Rycak. Lazarski University (Poland)

    Chapter 9. Work-life balance and Industry 4.0 in the Legal Framework of the European Union

    Tania Ushakova. Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus)

    Chapter 10. Digital Disconnection as a Limit to Corporate Control of Working Time

    Sarai Rodríguez González. University of La Laguna (Spain)

    Chapter 11. Right to Disconnect from the Workplace: Strengths and Weaknesses of the French Legal Framework

    Lerouge Loïc. COMPTRASEC. CNRS-University of Bordeaux (France)

    Part three. The impact of new technologies on the labour process

    Chapter 12. The Digital Evidence in the Labour Process and the Fundamental Rights of the Employee

    Lourdes Mella Méndez. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

    Chapter 13. The Probative Value and Effectiveness of the Evidence Obtained Through E-mail and Messaging in the Control of the Workplace Activity

    Francisca Mª Ferrando García, Mª Monserrate Rodríguez Egio, Antonio Megías-Bas. University of Murcia (Spain)


    Jo Carby-Hall is Professor of Law and Director of International Legal Research in the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull

    Lourdes Mella Mendez is Professor of Labour Law and Social Security at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.